Travel to New York City… HELP!

posted 2 years ago in Travel
Post # 2
2580 posts
Sugar bee



No ideas on hotels but just wanted to drop by and say have fun! I am pretty jealous you get to go 🙂

Post # 4
2064 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

memorieslff:  Christmas is one of the peak (and most expensive) times of the year to travel to NYC. Since cost is a concern, I would recommend staying outside of manhattan. Search for hotels in NJ that are walking distance or have a shuttle to train stations or bus routes that go into NYC. The further out into NJ you go, the lower the prices should get. 

Post # 5
6525 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

memorieslff:  ugh. You know i always wondered how tourists afford to stay in NYC hotels!!! 

I would suggest staying in a hotel in the outerborough. Brooklyn (where I live) has some decent hotels. And the train ride to Manhattan is only an hour. Unless you stay in New Jersey, to get to Manhattan might be more time on the train and more costly. And a bit more confusing if you are not familiar with how to get around.

What areas of Manhattan are you looking for a hotel? Have you checked any hotels that are on 100th street and up? I ask bc DH and I spent the night in Manhattan once at a hotel on 125th street. It was small but one of the less expensive hotels and it was good enough for someone only in NYC for a few days

Post # 6
245 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

look on priceline. you can name your own price. We stayed in hoboken before at a pretty nice hotel, but it was in early fall so we didnt mind taking the water taxi. We also stayed in manhattan and brooklyn and i thik its easy to get around on their trains.

Post # 7
1022 posts
Bumble bee

memorieslff:  Use the name your own price on priceline. We did that and ended up with a great room for a Saturday night in Manhattan. An alternative would be staying in Brooklyn or Queens.

Post # 8
5763 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’m going to go against the grain and say bite the bullet and pay for a decent hotel on Manhattan, and cut back elsewhere in your travel budget. If you look around carefully, you can find all sorts of dining, drinking and entertainment options in very low price ranges.  Some hotels, like Embassy Suites, Residence Inn, and Hampton Inn, include free breakfast, which saves you $30-50/day in buying breakfast (Embassy Suites does free happy hour as well). Having breakfast at a neighborhood deli is almost as cheap, and it’s not difficult to find a neighborhood restaurant for lunch or dinner on $10/person (especially if you look into ethnic restaurants). There are a lot of free walking tours including the Big Apple Greeter volunteer group that will do free customized tours for you ( but book now as you’ll be trying to get a guide during one of the most popular tourist times, and they book up early).

If you stay in the outer boroughs or in Jersey, you’ll be spending too much time commuting back and forth. If it is possibly the only time you will ever visit, it will be more enjoyable if you spend more time being a tourist and less time sitting on a smelly train.

Post # 9
612 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

What is your budget?  I travel here frequently for work and can see if I can think of anything convenient and in budget.

Post # 10
1869 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

definitely look at NJ or Brooklyn/Queens – if you are in NJ you want to be either on the PATH train or NJ Transit. Also make sure the line that you are on actually runs all weekend (some are commuter trains and have very limited schedules on nights/weekends)


I would still expect to pay $200/ night unless you are far (over 1 hr) from the city

Post # 13
245 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I think it was somewhere in the $120-140 range

Post # 14
70 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I would also check out Groupon/Living Social. Sometimes they have really good deals.

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